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India polls: Historic win broke class, caste barriers, says BJP leader

Published on May 16, 2014 7:02 PM
Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi (R) seen with with his party's president Rajnath Singh in New Delhi April 7, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI - The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party has clinched a "historic win" breaking the barriers of class and caste, said its leader Rajnath Singh as the party headed for a landslide victory on Friday.

Coalition politics have dominated Indian politics for decades, with no national party in the last 30 years reaching a majority of 272 seats in a 543-seat Parliament on its own.

The BJP is set to cruise past the halfway mark on its own, leading in 282 seats while its allies were leading in 50 seats.

"After 1984 this is the first time in this country a party has got a clear majority. For the first time social and geographical boundaries have been breached and caste and religious lines have been blurred," said BJP president Rajnath Singh said, calling it a "historic win."

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